Looking for a new home in the UK? You will need a place to temporarily store your things. Want to protect precious belongings while you’re away for a year or more? Invest in a longer term solution to house your furniture in a secure storage unit.

Whether you’re moving abroad or closer to home, you may need to rent a self-storage unit. Short term, long term, or somewhere in between, MoveHub can help.

Alternatively, you can find out how much it’ll cost you to ship your belongings to the UK by popping a few details about your move into this short form. We’ll then put you in touch with our professional suppliers, who will contact you with free shipping quotes to compare.

Calculating ideal storage size

The first step is to figure out exactly how much storage space you need for your belongings. Self-storage prices vary depending on the size of the unit, so decide if you need a small locker, a large container, or something between.

Guide to selecting storage sizes

Below is a guide to help you decide which storage size fits your needs.

Size of Storage Unit:Size Equal to:Perfect for Storing:
10 sq ftCar bootStudent belongings/shedload of items
15 sq ftWalk in wardrobeContents of a bedsit
25 sq ftSmall garden shedContents of a studio flat
40 sq ftLarge garden shedContents of a 1 bedroom flat
50 sq ftTransit vanContents of a large 1 bedroom flat
75 sq ftLuton vanContents of a 2 bedroom house
100 sq ftSingle garageContents of a 2 or 3 bedroom house

125 sq ft

7.5 tonne lorry
Contents of a 3 bedroom house with shed
150 sq ftOne and 1/2 single garagesContents of a large 3 bedroom house
175 sq ftOne and 3/4 single garagesContents of a 4 bedroom house
200 sq ftDouble garageBusiness equipment
250 sq ft30 ft articulated lorryContents of a 4 or 5 bedroom house, garage and shed
300 sq ft40 ft containerContents of a 5 bedroom house, garage and shed
400+ sq ftStudio apartmentContents of a 6 bedroom house, garage and shed or a big business

Benefits of storage

The most common reasons for requiring a personal storage unit are:

  • decluttering your home (safely storing your book or wine collection)
  • temporary storage spaces (for renovation, redecoration, family visits)
  • travel or relocation (abroad or across the country)

All of the above reasons require having access to another site that can meet all of your storage requirements.

What are the benefits of using a storage company rather than packing away your things in boxes in a friend’s shed? Firstly, your friend’s shed probably doesn’t have 24-hour security or generous access times. Below are other benefits of using a storage company:

  • choose the size of storage you need for the duration you need
  • generous access to your belongings
  • security, fire alarms, and well lit corridors
  • cost efficient way to store your items

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Additional costs to keep in mind


If you’re keeping your belongings stored for an extended period of time, or even just for a winter break, it’s best to insure them. That way if the worst should happen (an unusual act of nature) you don’t have to worry.


Depending on the storage company, you will need a padlock to secure your storage space. This is extra security that you are the only one with access to your space.

Refundable security deposit

Unless specifically stated in the policy, you should expect to cover a security deposit. This will be returned to you once you have removed your things from the storage space.

Packing materials

Last but not least, packing materials to keep your stored things in while at their temporary home. You can purchase these items through the storage company if you don’t have your belongings in boxes and bubble wrap just yet.